Bereavement Counselor-Hospice- NRV

Radford, VA, US, 24141

Employment Status:  Full time
Shift:  Day/Evening
Facility:  Carilion Clinic Hospice - New River Valley
Requisition Number:  137552

Job Summary

Hospice- Full Time- New River Valley

Ensures implementation of Hospice Bereavement Program Services. Provides information and support to patients and families who experience loss and grief in our community. Provides supervision to Hospice Volunteers, students, and other Hospice team members who participate in or facilitate bereavement activities.

  • Organizes, initiates, and directs sequential bereavement contacts with Hospice families that are experiencing normal grief reactions. Contacts consist of a combination of in person visits, telephone calls and written contacts. Follows clients for 13 months after patient death. 
  • Identifies patients and families at risk for complicated and compound grief reactions and makes appropriate referrals within the community for those clients. 
  • Organizes and facilitates Pathways Bereavement Support Groups. Trains coworkers and/or volunteers to assist with the groups. 
  • Works collaboratively with other Interdisciplinary team members to provide comprehensive Hospice Services.  Attends Interdisciplinary Team meetings. Presents assessments and updates of clients.  
  • Takes leadership role in preparations for Camp Treehouse, Annual Memorial Service and other programs as requested by Manager.
  • Attends or ensures staff attendance at patient funerals/wakes/memorial services. 
  • 75% of patient funeral events should be attended by this employee or other staff member.
  • Demonstrates excellent verbal and written communication skills.  Documents Bereavement Services in electronic medical record in compliance with multiple regulations. Practices confidentiality at all times. 
  • Works with the Volunteer Coordinator to recruit, train, and retain volunteers to assist with Bereavement activities. 
  • Serves as a resource regarding grief management for the hospital and the community. Participates as member of Hospice Speaker’s Bureau and gives community presentations as requested by Manager. 

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Must have Bachelor’s Degree. 

Experience: Must have two years experience in working with terminally ill patients and/or bereaved clients. Should be able to demonstrate computer proficiency with office suite software.

Licensure/certification: Must have valid Virginia Driver’s license, use of an automobile with appropriate automobile insurance in order to make home visits/funeral visits as required.

Other Minimum Qualifications: Must pass Virginia State Police Criminal Records Exchange Criminal Records Check as processed by Carilion Human Resources. Must demonstrate willingness to be available for patient/staff/community crises. Should live within local access for phone/pager network.

About Carilion

This is Carilion Clinic ...

An organization where innovation happens, collaboration is expected and ideas are valued. A not-for-profit, mission-driven health system built on progress and partnerships. A courageous team that is always learning, never discouraged and forever curious.

Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., you will find a robust system of award winning hospitals, Level 1 and 3 trauma centers, Level 3 NICU, Institute of Orthopedics and Neurosciences, multi-specialty physician practices, and The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute.

Carilion is where you can make your own path, make new discoveries and, most importantly, make a difference. Here, in a place where the air is clean, people are kind and life is good. Make your tomorrow with us.


Requisition Number: 137552 
Employment Status: Full time 
Location: Carilion Clinic Hospice - New River Valley 
Shift: Day/Evening 
Shift Details: 8-430pm
Recruiter Email:
For more information, contact the HR Service Center at 1-800-599-2537.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

Carilion Clinic is a drug-free workplace.


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What matters to you is important to us—like benefits, rewards, and resources to improve your life. Carilion understands the importance of prioritizing your well-being to help you develop and thrive. When you make your tomorrow with us, we’ll enhance your potential to realize the best in yourself. Below are benefits available to you when you join Carilion:

  • Employer Funded Pension Plan, vested after five years (Voluntary 403B)
  • Comprehensive Medical, Dental, & Vision Benefits
  • Flexible Work Arrangements/Schedules
  • Remote Work Options
  • Paid Time Off (accrued from day one)
  • Onsite fitness studios and discounts to our Carilion Wellness centers
  • Access to our health and wellness app, Virgin Pulse
  • Discounts on childcare
  • Continued education and training

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Equal Opportunity Employer
Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity
Carilion Clinic is a drug-free workplace.

Nearest Major Market: Blacksburg
Nearest Secondary Market: Virginia

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